The Man in the Yellow Hat toddler Halloween costume | EmilyMcCall.com
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The Man in the Yellow Hat toddler Halloween costume | EmilyMcCall.com
The Man in the Yellow Hat toddler Halloween costume | EmilyMcCall.com
The Man in the Yellow Hat toddler Halloween costume | EmilyMcCall.com
Felt hat for Man in the Yellow Hat costume | EmilyMcCall.com

It’s Quinn’s third Halloween and this is my favorite costume yet: the Man in the Yellow Hat, Curious George’s famous keeper. George is number one in our house, so Quinn was crazy-excited to get to dress up as his best pal. He asks to wear the costume every day!

I found the boots, belt, and yellow pants on Amazon; I bought a second-hand white button-down shirt and dyed it with RIT lemon yellow dye; I ordered the yellow tie on Amazon and painted on the black spots with fabric paint; and I made the yellow hat from scratch. I’m talking a hat mold carved out of styrofoam, painfully stretched wet felt, hat stiffening glue, “swirling” the Petersham ribbon… I’m basically a milliner now. I spent an inordinate amount of time making the hat (and this is actually version 2.0–the first model didn’t quite fit his head!), but I’m not sorry–the hat makes the whole costume! And Quinn loves it. He can’t wait to wear it trick-or-treating.

The kid also loves a pumpkin patch. October just might be my favorite month of the year…

Pumpkin patch fun | EmilyMcCall.com
Pumpkin patch fun | EmilyMcCall.com
Climbing all the pumpkins | EmilyMcCall.com
Pumpkin patch fun | EmilyMcCall.com
Pumpkin patch fun | EmilyMcCall.com
Pumpkin patch fun | EmilyMcCall.com
Pumpkin village at the Dallas Arboretum | EmilyMcCall.com
Pumpkin village at the Dallas Arboretum | EmilyMcCall.com
Pumpkin village at the Dallas Arboretum | EmilyMcCall.com

Happy Halloween to all!

 

Documentary-style family photo session at home | EmilyMcCall.com
Documentary-style family photo session at home | EmilyMcCall.com
Documentary-style family photo session at home | EmilyMcCall.com
Documentary-style family photo session at home | EmilyMcCall.com
Documentary-style family photo session at home | EmilyMcCall.com
Documentary-style family photo session at home | EmilyMcCall.com
Documentary-style family photo session at home | EmilyMcCall.com
Documentary-style family photo session at home | EmilyMcCall.com
Documentary-style family photo session at home | EmilyMcCall.com
Documentary-style family photo session at home | EmilyMcCall.com
Documentary-style family photo session at home | EmilyMcCall.com
Documentary-style family photo session at home | EmilyMcCall.com
Documentary-style family photo session at home | EmilyMcCall.com
Documentary-style family photo session at home | EmilyMcCall.com
Documentary-style family photo session at home | EmilyMcCall.com
Documentary-style family photo session at home | EmilyMcCall.com
Documentary-style family photo session at home | EmilyMcCall.com
Documentary-style family photo session at home | EmilyMcCall.com
Documentary-style family photo session at home | EmilyMcCall.com
Documentary-style family photo session at home | EmilyMcCall.com
Documentary-style family photo session at home | EmilyMcCall.com
Documentary-style family photo session at home | EmilyMcCall.com
Documentary-style family photo session at home | EmilyMcCall.com
Documentary-style family photo session at home | EmilyMcCall.com
Documentary-style family photo session at home | EmilyMcCall.com
Documentary-style family photo session at home | EmilyMcCall.com
Documentary-style family photo session at home | EmilyMcCall.com
Documentary-style family photo session at home | EmilyMcCall.com
Documentary-style family photo session at home | EmilyMcCall.com

Every couple of years I get to take photos of one of my favorite families: my brother- and sister-in-law and their two boys. This is a year of transitions for them–the older son starting kindergarten, the younger starting preschool–and I thought that the best way to memorialize this moment in their lives would be to photograph them at home on a Sunday afternoon, just doing what they do: reading books, playing with their toys, wrestling, laughing, gathering in the kitchen, playing outside… This kind of documentary-style portraiture, capturing “real life” as it happens, has become everything to me. There is such magic in showing people the beauty in their real, chaotic, messy lives. To say that I love these photos–and this family–would be an understatement.

 

  • Cheryl Howard

    Your talent never ceases to amaze me Emily. Thank you for your beautiful photos. Especially being so far away I feel like I get at least a little glimpse into all your lives this way and get to stay connected in a way:)ReplyCancel

    • Thanks, Cheryl! I’m so glad you can see what we’re up to from time to time. Just wish we could see you in person more often!ReplyCancel

Q and his dad | EmilyMcCall.com

Based on my Facebook and Instagram feeds this past weekend, it appears that quite a few people believe that their husbands or fathers are the best dads out there. Well, I’m sorry to burst everyone’s bubbles, but MY kid is most certainly in possession of the best dad ever. I always knew that Ben would make a great father, but over the past two years his love and devotion have exceeded even my wildest dreams. He’s all the things as a parent that I’m not: easy going, level headed, FUN… Quinn truly did win the daddy jackpot.

So for this Father’s Day, Quinn made his daddy a card (his very first!), and I made him a photo album of the best father-son moments I’ve photographed over the past couple years. PROOF that he deserves one of those “world’s best dad” mugs. Maybe that’s what we’ll get him next year.:)

Father

Here’s a handful of my favorite images of the two of them…

Q and his dad at the pool | EmilyMcCall.com
Q and Daddy napping | EmilyMcCall.com
Q and his dad at the park | EmilyMcCall.com
Q and Daddy on their gadgets | EmilyMcCall.com
Like father like son | EmilyMcCall.com
Q and Daddy at the beach | EmilyMcCall.com
Q and his dad | EmilyMcCall.com
Snuggles with Daddy | EmilyMcCall.com

They make my heart grow three sizes, those two. I hope y’all had a wonderful weekend celebrating all the dads in your lives!